Archive for January 23rd, 2007

Tom Cruise Being Called the ‘christ’ of Scientology

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Okay, I know Tom Cruise is a handsome man and not a bad actor, but equal to Jesus? Never. Ever. If you are reading this and looking for someone to place your faith in, do not place your faith in this (or any) Hollyweird actor or his false religion. Scientology is a ‘religion’ based upon a fictional novel. Please do not be deceived by the ‘pretty’ people who follow L. Ron Hubbard – he is dead. Jesus is alive and well and sitting at the right hand of God waiting for you to come to Him. If you want more information about Jesus and how you can know Him personally, check out this link http://worshippingchristian.org/accept_jesus.html

TOM Cruise is the new “Christ” of Scientology, according to leaders of the cult-like religion.

The Mission: Impossible star has been told he has been “chosen” to spread the word of his faith throughout the world.

And leader David Miscavige believes that in future, Cruise, 44, will be worshipped like Jesus for his work to raise awareness of the religion.

A source close to the actor, who has risen to one of the church’s top levels, said: “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like figure.

“Like Christ, he’s been criticised for his views. But future generations will realise he was right.”

Cruise joined the Church of Scientology in the ’80s. Leader L Ron Hubbard claimed humans bear traces of an ancient alien civilisation.

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“2007 Off to an Ominous Start” by Terry James

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Signs in the sun, moon, and stars; the seas and waves roaring; distress and perplexity of nations; Israel a burdensome stone and cup of trembling to the world–the year 2007, indeed, seems to have launched Planet Earth into perilous times.

My good friend and colleague, J. Michael Hile (Mike), has done an interesting study on cycles of history. Researching the generations of man has been a particular area of analysis for Mike over the years, leading him to produce Timeline 2000–a book that presents some fascinating facts on the generations as juxtaposed against biblical records of mankind.

His new research effort reveals some intriguing things about the 490-year cycles he has discovered, with years ending in the number 7 at the heart of the study. We are, according to Mike’s research, apparently at the end of one such cycle. Mike Hile, and certainly Rapture Ready, do not set dates, or make any sort of predictions of a prophetic nature in any sense whatsoever. As the author of the 490-year cycle study states: “…It should be emphasized that these findings in no way suggest or imply that anything prophetic will happen this year, next year, or at any time in the future. Only God knows the future.”

Hile’s charts are, however, something I believe the prophecy student or anyone interested in studying history in greater depth might want to look at in attempting to understand how things involving mankind are moving toward consummation.Certainly, when looking at the way things are shaping up, the year 2007 seems pivotal.

One area of my interest as of late has been the UFO phenomenon that has stepped up in reported sightings since the 1947 Roswell incident, and even earlier in 1947 when “flying saucer”-like discs were seen soaring over mountains in Washington State. I have related before in Nearing Midnight articles that I believe such phenomena were prophesied by Jesus In Luke chapter 17, in which He foretold that things would again be like in the days of Noah,as the time of His return to earth draws near.

One disturbing thing going on during the antediluvian time was the “Sons of God” visiting the planet. This created order was, I’m convinced, the fallen angels who followed Lucifer in the rebellion against the Creator. Jude 6-7 tells of them and their fate.

Jesus prophesied that the end of history just before His return would be marked by signs in the sun, moon, and stars. He said that people’s hearts would fail for things they see coming upon the earth. While sightings of UFOs haven’t yet reached the levels that cause hearts to fail, the year 2007 has already produced signs in the heavens that are at the very least disconcerting to many. The other-worldly craft hovering over O’Hare Airport near Chicago recently–reported by numerous observers that were credible as witnesses–came to light early in this first month of the new year. And, now, another sighting by a credible witness, a former F-16 pilot quite familiar with what is and isn’t earthly aircraft, recorded sighting UFOs near his home in western Arkansas.

I continue to believe these manifestations of other worlds visiting earth will proliferate, the nearer we get to Christ’s Second Coming. The visitors are, however, I’m convinced, not extraterrestrial, but interdimensional in character. They are the minions of Satan. The year 2007 is off to a startling beginning in that regard. The seas and waves are roaring as we begin 2007.

This, according to many prophecy scholars, has two basic meanings:

1) The “seas” represent the peoples of the world being extremely restless –even in chaos. 2) These are actual, literal, physical seas and waves roaring, as the very geophysical elements cry out to be noticed.

With the wars and rumors of war on the world scene at present, can there be any argument that the seas of people are in tumult? Equally so, can it be argued against, that the geophysical elements, the literal ocean, and land storm systems have fired up the meteorological radars during the start of the new year? Strange things, weather-wise, are happening in places unfamiliar to such harsh weather phenomena; for example, record-breaking snowfall has blanketed places like Los Angeles, and tornadic windstorms have hammered places like northern Europe, where 25 were killed by weather-related means within the past few days of this writing.

Jesus said the nations will be in great perplexity when the time of His Second Coming nears. This seems to indicate that the nations will be almost rudderless. They will be floundering on those wild metaphorical seas that will be roaring. Leaders of our time are searching in every world nook and cranny, trying to find a course that will provide direction upon which they can set their ships of state to sail.

The nuclear sword of Damocles hangs over us all, while world diplomats search for ways to keep the atomic genie from getting out of the bottle for the second time in the war-making sense. The nation Israel in 2007 sits in the heart of its ancient, God-given land, with Jerusalem and the Temple Mount at the center of the three millennia-long controversy that threatens to release that genie. Zechariah’s prophecy is shaping up in a major way. Israel is already, in this new year, a “cup of trembling” and a “burdensome stone” to the whole world.

Fears of North Korea’s atomic threat pale in comparison to the threat of that tiny nation, Israel, possessed of great nuclear power, threatened by the Islamic crazies that hold sway over many millions of its blood-vowed enemies.

Ancient Persia – foretold by Ezekiel the prophet to be part of a destructive military storm that will invade toward Israel in the latter day—in its modern incarnation, has a leader whose prime reason for existence, according to his ideology and theology, seems to be to get rid of Israel and to kill every Jew in the Middle East, if not the world. In 2007, we face the likes of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who believes if he can just start World War III, thus bringing on Armageddon, the 12th Imam –Islam’s Messiah—will be joined by Jesus in bringing Allah’s perfect world upon earth.

But take heart, the REAL Jesus is coming! This all means that the intensity and frequency of the birth pangs Jesus predicted are with us, and growing ever stronger in their convulsing end-time swells. The end of this very troubled age is at hand seems to be the message we are getting as 2007 begins.
–Terry

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Only Israelis can be Terrorist at the Associated Press

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Charles Johnson at Little Green Footballs makes this point about the gyrations the Associated Press goes to in order to avoid labeling anyone as a “terrorist”…that is until an Israeli does something similar and then they’re all over it.

The Associated Press never uses the word “terror” without enclosing it in quotes; they don’t use it to describe beheading videos, they don’t use it to describe Palestinian suicide bombings, and even Osama bin Laden is now regularly labeled a “Saudi dissident.” This is a deliberate policy; as they have explained on several occasions, to the AP one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.

But here’s a case where the AP shuts off the Acme T-Quote Generator and flashes the word TERROR right in the headline—and the article itself tells a very different story. Can you guess why?

Link to Little Green Footballs post “Associated Press Discovers Terror

From the Associated Press:

Israeli Jew charged in terror plan

JERUSALEM – Asaf Ben-David, an Israeli Jew, is facing charges of conspiring to carry out a terror attack with a wanted Palestinian militant — his brother.

The exceptional story of Ben-David, a 38-year-old father of four, begins in Tubas, a village in the
West Bank, where he was born a Palestinian Muslim named Hussam Sawafta. In the early 1990s, he found work as a laborer in
Israel, where he converted to Judaism, lived as an Orthodox Jew, married an Israeli woman and raised a family.

For years, Ben-David led a seemingly uneventful life and had little contact with his Palestinian relatives. Then last month, the Israeli army killed his brother, Salah Sawafta, an Islamic Jihad militant, in a West Bank gunbattle. Last week, Ben-David was indicted on charges of helping his brother plan a deadly attack against Israelis.

According to the charge sheet, Ben-David surreptitiously had contact with his brother for months and tried to help him obtain a large amount of nitric acid, used to prepare bombs.

“In the framework of his contacts with Salah, the accused conspired with Salah to assist the Islamic Jihad in its war against Israel,” reads the indictment filed in Haifa District Court. Islamic Jihad has killed dozens of Israelis in suicide bombings.

On Sunday, the Sawafta family’s large home in Tubas was adorned with a black Islamic Jihad flag. In the living room was a picture of Salah Sawafta, who died in a gunfight with Israeli troops on Dec. 20.

Mahmoud Sawafta, a cousin, said Ben-David left Tubas to work in Israel 15 years ago, and didn’t return.

“He saw a different life, got married, and converted to Judaism,” Mahmoud Sawafta said. Ben-David worked in restaurants and construction, and had only sporadic contact with his West Bank family, his cousin said.

Amit Rosines, a court-appointed lawyer, said Ben-David told him he was scorned as a traitor on the few occasions he went back to the village. “People in the village shouted at him that he raised Jewish soldiers,” Rosines said.

Ben-David re-entered the life of the Sawafta family in earnest when his brother was killed, according to their father, Hafez Sawafta. He said he called his Jewish son the day his militant son was killed, and that Ben-David came to Tubas and stayed to mourn for three days.

When he returned to Israel, Ben-David decided to renounce Judaism and return to Islam, his father said. “He called me and said he had officially become Muslim again in a ceremony at a mosque, and said he wanted to give up his Israeli citizenship,” Hafez Sawafta told The Associated Press.

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Sen. Clinton’s Abortion Record May Haunt ’08 Campaign

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

My mother told me that if I couldn’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Today I’ll accept her advice, and since I have absolutely nothing nice to say about either one of the Clinton’s, I’ll just keep my mouth shut. But…

(CNSNews.com) – Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) will have a lengthy pro-abortion rights record to defend during her 2008 presidential campaign — a record established not only by her Senate votes but also by her eight years as first lady.

The presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination, Clinton has a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood. The same can be said of Democratic Sens. Barack Obama of Illinois, John Kerry of Massachusetts, Joseph Biden of Delaware and former North Carolina Sen. John Edwards — all of whom are expected to challenge Clinton for the nomination.

Although helpful in a Democratic primary, a rigid stance on the issue could pose a challenge in a general election. Polls consistently show a majority of Americans support keeping abortion legal, but favor restrictions Clinton and many Democrats don’t support.

Furthermore, among those who base their electoral decision on the issue, polls show that pro-lifers outnumber pro-choice voters.

“She’s known for that position, though she may try to look more moderate,” said Karen Cross, political director for the National Right to Life Committee.

“You can look at her voting record and the fact that she was so visible in the Clinton years as opposed to others who were not as visible like [Connecticut Sen. Chris] Dodd and Edwards. She no doubt had influence when she was married to the president.”

According to documents obtained from the Clinton Presidential Library by Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group in Washington, President Clinton’s domestic policy advisors frequently involved the first lady’s staff in deciding White House abortion policy, and the president even asked “what does Hillary think?” before signing off on a policy.

“No one else – of the candidates currently in – is so tied to the issue, not only because of her past but because of her gender,” said Bruce Gronbeck, a professor of media studies and political culture at the University of Iowa.

But, he added, “I watched her in the last [Senate] campaign in New York and she neutralized the issue. She has taken the position that no one likes abortion, but it’s important that it’s legal.”

However, the presidential library documents indicate that Clinton as first lady played a major role in an administration that opposed a ban on partial birth abortion, opposed parental notification and favored public funding for abortion, said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

Her voting record as senator reflects consistency with her White House advocacy, he said.

“People might misapprehend Hillary Clinton as a moderate on certain issues, when in fact on this matter she has taken a radical approach to abortion,” Fitton argued.

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Religious Group Urges Mainline Churches to Abandon Abortion Rights Stance

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

This falls under the category of more “falling away” of the church as described by Paul in First and Second Timothy.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 says:
“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron.”

And in 2 Timothy 4:1-4:
“In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of his appearing and his kingdom, I give you this charge: Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.”

Most, if not all, of the congregations listed as part of this group have been sited on this blog before because of other teachings they hold to that are not Biblically sound.

(CNSNews.com) – With the abortion issue’s increasing attention in the political atmosphere preceding the 2008 elections, some religious advocates have spoken out against the abortion rights stance of the mainline church.

This abortion rights support is seen by some as a “step away from the traditions and teachings of the church” and in a recent statement was described as “appalling.”

The Washington-based Institute on Religion and Democracy (IRD), revealed these views in a statement Friday prior to the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade case and the pro-life March for Life previously reported by CNSNews.com.

“Mainline churches” are parishes that stand in the theological and political middle, between the more liberal groups such as Unitarian Universalism and the more conservative fundamentalist and evangelical churches.

These mainline church agencies are more open to new ideas, and many have taken a pro-abortion stance with the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC).

“[The RCRC] has opposed all restrictions on abortion, including partial-birth abortion, and even parental notification,” said Mark Tooley, director of the IRD’s UM Action.

The RCRC was founded by clergy from mainline religions following the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case, to defend the newly won constitutional right to choice.

Among the church groups with affiliates supporting the RCRC are the Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church, the United Church of Christ, the United Methodist Church, and several branches of Judaism.

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See our articles “‘Falling Away’ of the Church” and “Signs of Jesus’ Return”.

‘Scientist’ Group’s Funding Comes with Liberal ‘Strings Attached’

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

It would be nice if all the “think tank” groups had enough integrity actually tell us the truth without being beholden preconceived ideas of the people funding them. Don’t look for it to happen though.

(CNSNews.com) – At a time when the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is censuring free market organizations for accepting donations from ExxonMobil, critics have turned the spotlight back onto the UCS, its left-wing positions, and its own funding practices.

In a recent report, the UCS charged that organizations are using oil industry money to create public uncertainty about what it calls “consensus” about climate change and the role of human activity in affecting temperatures see related story. Organizations named in the report have denied the claims.

The UCS describes itself as an “alliance” of over 200,000 citizens and scientists that initially came together in 1969. It integrates “independent scientific research” with “citizen action” for the purpose of developing and implementing “changes to government policy, corporate practices and consumer choices.”

But critics say it is an openly political group.

According to James Dellinger, executive director of Greenwatch – a project of the Capital Research Center – the UCS has a long financial association with elements that have a “partisan view of science.”

David Martosko, executive director of ActivistCash.com – a division of the Center for Consumer Freedom – agrees. He told Cybercast News Service the UCS would be “more aptly named the Union of Pro-Regulation, Anti-Business Scientists.”

University of Virginia environmental scientist Fred Singer, labeled a “climate contrarian” by the UCS, told Cybercast News Service that the union had “zero credibility as a scientific organization” and was more akin to “pressure groups like Greenpeace.”

The UCS receives substantial donations from liberal-leaning foundations, and a number of the donations are earmarked for specific studies, used to promote positions on issues including the environment, disarmament and criticism of missile defense initiatives.

Private foundations cumulatively spend tens of millions of dollars annually on climate change projects, according to information made available through the foundations’ websites.

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